Mills Pond Gallery invites you to step inside the world of documentary photography… curator Kevin C. Downs has assembled an exhibition of images capturing incredible moments, intimate relationships, global issues and more...photos that convey volumes of time and hopefully serve as a vehicle for diverse perspectives to reveal and social issues, spark dialogue, transform assumptions or become a call to action.
Many of the exhibiting photographers are represented by Cosmos. About Cosmos: When created in 1979, Cosmos was mainly meant to syndicate in France reports from foreign photographers and agencies. With the computer revolution and the market changes, Cosmos had to evolve. It bowed to today's necessities adapting to new technologies, and widened its sphere of operations to a dozen countries.
Now the agency represents more than forty photographers in France and abroad. A gallery is used to exhibit for the public at large, pictures that are not always published in the press. More than thirty years after its creation, Cosmos survived the medias' upheavals. The agency put its knowledge and experience for the photographers' benefit and allows them to work with complete freedom. Its objective has always stayed the same: favor both the authors and in-depth reports on social issues.
Showing the world how it is, photographers always hope to arouse people's awareness and take part in positive changes. Our role is to make their images visible by the greater number.
Opening Reception SATURDAY, March 24 at 7-10 pm - the public is invited to view the work and meet some of the exhibiting photographers
Exhibiting Photographers: Ted Barron, Fatemeh Behboudi, Alfredo Bini, Sylvain Cherkaoui, James Whitlow Delano, Cate Dingley, Kevin C. Downs, Jérôme Gence, Sid Kaplan, Boryan Katsarova, Andrew Lichtenstein, Ken Light, Catalina Martin-Chico,Beth Nakamura, Robert Nickelsberg, Frédéric Noy, Peggy Peattie, Lois Raimondo, J. B. Russell, Q. Sakamaki, Ekaterina Solovieva, Maggie Steber, Joana Toro, Melanie Wenger
Printing provided by Canon U.S.A., Inc.
using the imagePROGRAF PRO Series Printers
Juried Documentary Photography
Exhibit Dates April 28 - May 19
A Summer Song-Juried Fine Art
Mills Pond Gallery invited artists to submit works for a juried exhibition on the theme “A Summer Song.” The exhibition was open to varied interpretations of the subject, from literal to far-ranging. Representational images of summer-related sights, activities, impressions, or atmosphere—as well as surrealistic or abstract evocations inspired by the subject—are welcome. Expressions may range from images of sun, sea, surf, and verdure to a more melancholy awareness of summer’s last gasp, a prelude to fall. Artists may also respond to the musical aspect of this call for entries. One could interpret the rhythm of the season, composing a visual image of summer’s harmonies.
About our Juror Carol Strickland :Carol Strickland's latest book on art history is "Impressionism: A Legacy of Light," released as an enhanced eBook from Erudition Digital. (http://www.eruditions.co.uk/publications/masterpieces-of-art.html) Throughout years of writing on art, Strickland's motive has been to democratize the subject, to remove the impediments of fear and snobbery while educating and entertaining her readers. She has a doctorate from the University of Michigan and contributes feature stories on visual art to Art in America magazine. Her stories on culture have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Art and Antiques, MOMUS, and Private Journey magazine. She is the author of the best-selling "The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern," which will appear in an updated 3rd edition in January 2018 under the title "The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the Present." Strickland writes a monthly column on art and politics for www.clydefitchreport.com. Her book on architecture, "The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture," sold out its first edition and will be reprinted as "The Annotated Flying Buttress." Other print books are "The Illustrated Timeline of Art History," "The Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature," and monographs on the artists Paul Waldman, Daisy Craddock, and Aris Kalaizis. Strickland's screenplays for feature films have won prizes in prestigious script competitions. Her historical novel (an enhanced eBook) set in 6th-century Constantinople called "The Eagle and the Swan" is available for kindle and iPad ( http://www.theeagleandtheswan.com. The book has a facebook page and a twitter account (@eagleandtheswan). It will be released as a print book in 2018 by Echo Point Books.
Depictions of everyday life have been the pursuit of artists for centuries. Artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, and 20th century artists like John Koch gave expression to the enigmatic qualities of the ordinary, hidden before our eyes. Through this pursuit artists were able to transfigure the seemingly mundane into a catalyst for contemplation, admiration and beauty.
Interior will showcase paintings and drawings which express the various meanings found in the spaces we inhabit, the objects we encounter and the people we interact with. The exhibition will accept oil paintings and drawings in graphite or charcoal.
The exhibition seeks work that does not separate representational skill from emotional content, but sees both as necessary ingredients for a meaningful work of art.
Awards: $700 Best in Show, $400 Second Place, $200 Third Place
About the juror: Edmond Rochat, a figurative artist, studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at duCret School of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Janus Collaborative School of Art. He supplemented his studies as a lab assistant for advanced artistic anatomy offered by Janus Collaborative School of Art and hosted by Drexel University School of Medicine. Rochat received the Mary Elizabeth Scholarship from the New Jersey Society of Arts and letters, The Dr. Furman Fink Award for portraiture and is a recipient of the Stobart Foundation fund. He was also awarded a grant from the John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund, which he used to study Greek and Renaissance sculpture at the Slater Memorial museum. His works have appeared in the Persimmon Hill Journal and published in The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing. He has taught at The Art Students League of New York and maintains a studio in the Bronx, NY. www.edmondrochat.com
Incorporated in 1972, Smithtown Township Arts Council (STAC) offers a unique combination of historical preservation, cultural promotion, and arts exhibition. The Council has been committed to the arts in Suffolk County for forty-six years, working to provide a creative outlet and the opportunity to experience, investigate, and discover contemporary art and cultural issues which are engaging and relevant to the public's daily lives and civic responsibilities. We believe the arts are indispensable in building good character in the citizens of our communities as they foster communication, offer new insights on the world, and add to the greater appreciation of both life and society.
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